Qualcomm's new 5G modem is up to 400x faster than 4G

Qualcomm outs its new 5G modem, 400x faster than average 4G speeds.

@anthony256
Published Tue, Oct 18 2016 8:15 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:58 AM CST

Qualcomm has announced its amazingly fast 5G technology, with their first 5G devices set to arrive in the first half of 2018. During the Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit held in Hong Kong, the company announced its first 5G modem, the new Snapdragon X50, which rocks some seriously amazing speeds.

The new Snapdragon X50 handles up to 5Gbps down, which might not sound like much, but you're probably getting less than 100Mbps on your smartphone right now (seriously, go do a speed test and comment back here with your results). Even at the higher-end of the 4G spectrum, we are only seeing around 300Mbps these days - and maxing out at 450Mbps with 4G LTE, so 5000Mbps (5Gbps) is just amazing.

Qualcomm teases that Snapdragon X50-powered devices "are expected to be available during the first half of 2018", which lines up with the 5G standard being finalized.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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